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Thu, 19 Nov 2015 10:27:24 -0500
Swiss and U.S investigators have never been in touch, says Russia World Cup chief

LONDON (AP) -- The English Premier League says the French national anthem will be played ahead of all games this weekend ''as an act of remembrance and solidarity with France after the Paris attacks.'&#03

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Thu, 19 Nov 2015 09:33:50 -0500
Soccer-Normal service resumed at Palermo

Grieving for his cousin who was killed in the terrorist attacks in Paris last week, Lassana Diarra's mind is most likely far away from Marseille's trip to Saint-Etienne in Ligue 1 on Sunday. Diarra was playing for France against Germany last Friday when the night of terror began with explosions outside the Stade de France. Diarra was not the only French league player affecte

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Thu, 19 Nov 2015 07:50:10 -0500
Soccer-Benitez under pressure before Clasico debut

BERLIN (Reuters) - FIFA should set limits on the term and age of its future presidents as the world soccer governing body seeks to reform after a corruption scandal, the chief executive of long-standing sponsor Adidas was quoted as saying on Thursday. The comments by Herbert Hainer are the first concrete proposals for reform from the company that has provided the World Cup match ball since 1970 and extended its partnership with FIFA until 2030 two years ago. .

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Thu, 19 Nov 2015 07:30:56 -0500
Soccer-Man City - Aguero racing to be fit for Liverpool game

It was difficult to make any sporting conclusions from Tuesday's emotionally charged friendly between England and France, four days after the Paris attacks that killed at least 129 people. Alli - an all-action, box-to-box, 19-year-old midfielder - has been one of the success stories of the season in England, and is being compared by some to former Liverpool star Steven Gerrar

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Thu, 19 Nov 2015 04:05:50 -0500
Galatasaray parts ways with coach Hamzaoglu

A group of several attackers planned to set off multiple explosives in Hanover soccer stadium at Tuesday night's friendly match between Germany and the Netherlands, which was called off, daily Bild reported on Thursday. Bild said it had obtained a copy of a document that Germany's domestic intelligence service provided to Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere on Tuesday, the contents of which were so shocking the authorities had no choice but to call off the match. Based on intelligence from a foreign intelligence service, the document detailed how a group of several attackers planned to set off several explosives in the stadium in Hanover, as well as a bomb in the city cente

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Thu, 19 Nov 2015 04:05:50 -0500
Galatasaray parts ways with coach Hamzaoglu

A group of several attackers planned to set off multiple explosives in Hanover soccer stadium at Tuesday night's friendly match between Germany and the Netherlands, which was called off, daily Bild reported on Thursday. Bild said it had obtained a copy of a document that Germany's domestic intelligence service provided to Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere on Tuesday, the contents of which were so shocking the authorities had no choice but to call off the match. Based on intelligence from a foreign intelligence service, the document detailed how a group of several attackers planned to set off several explosives in the stadium in Hanover, as well as a bomb in the city cente

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Wed, 18 Nov 2015 17:32:03 -0500
Kansas City goalkeeper Melia voted MLS Comeback Player

MADRID (AP) -- Barcelona striker Luis Suarez says Lionel Messi appears to be ready to play this weekend's ''clasico'' against Real Madri

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Wed, 18 Nov 2015 15:23:42 -0500
Chile soccer federation says its president resigned

Spanish officials are promising unprecedented security measures for Saturday's soccer match between Real Madrid and Barcelona following the attacks in Paris. Spain's secretary of state for security said after Wednesday's meeting that the measures will be ''more than enough'' to guarantee the safety of all of those involved in the game at Madrid's Santiago Bernabeu stadium. The extraordinary meeting in Madrid happened only two days after the cancellation of Spain's friendly against Belgium in Brussels because of security concerns, and a day after the friendly between Germany and the Netherlands was called off because local government officials said there was a serious threat of a bomb at the stadium in Hannove

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Wed, 18 Nov 2015 14:12:17 -0500
FIFA candidate Sexwale wants shirt sponsors for national teams

By Mike Collett LONDON (Reuters) - The Jordanian prince beaten in May's FIFA presidential election says he can win the race to become president next February because the old order which led world soccer's governing body into crisis is being swept away. Prince Ali Bin Al-Hussein of Jordan is one of five men seeking to replace Sepp Blatter in February's special elective vote. "I am confident that I can win the election because I believe I have the best ideas for what the future of FIFA should be and I have full faith and confidence in our national association

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Wed, 18 Nov 2015 09:29:17 -0500
Blatter, Platini lose appeals against provisional FIFA bans

PARIS (AP) -- France's secretary of sport says soccer matches around the country will go ahead this weekend in the wake of the deadly attacks in Paris, saying ''life must go on.'&#03

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Wed, 18 Nov 2015 09:15:17 -0500
Platini to appeal FIFA ban with Court of Arbitration for Sport

By Michael Shields ZURICH (Reuters) - Suspended FIFA president Sepp Blatter and European soccer chief Michel Platini have lost their appeals against provisional 90-days bans by the global soccer body's ethics committee, FIFA said on Wednesday. Blatter and Platini, who had been favorite to take over in February's FIFA presidential election, were suspended on Oct. 8, engulfed by a deepening corruption scandal as the sport faces criminal investigations in Switzerland and the United States. The decision by the FIFA Appeal Committee, which rejected the appeals "in full", was a further blow to Frenchman Platini's hopes of standing on Feb. 26 because the electoral committee has said his registration will not be processed while he is suspende

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Wed, 18 Nov 2015 08:22:11 -0500
Dinamo Zagreb chief executive arrested over suspect transfers - police source

Sergio Jadue has resigned as president of Chile's ANFP national football association and gone to the United States to talk to the FBI as part of its ongoing probe into corruption at soccer governing body FIFA, local media reported on Wednesday. Local police had served Jadue a subpoena on Friday as part of what the ANFP said was an investigation into how it allocates salaries, hours after he announced he would take a 30-day leave for medical reasons. The ANFP was not immediately available to comment on Wednesda

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Wed, 18 Nov 2015 07:07:12 -0500
FIFA rejects Blatter, Platini appeals against 90-day bans

Suspended FIFA president Sepp Blatter and European soccer chief Michel Platini have lost their appeals against provisional 90-days bans by the global soccer body's ethics committee, FIFA said on Wednesday. Blatter and Platini, who was favorite to replace the Swiss in the Feb. 26 presidential election, were suspended in October, engulfed by a deepening corruption scandal as the sport faces criminal investigations in Switzerland and the United State

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Wed, 18 Nov 2015 07:07:12 -0500
FIFA rejects Blatter, Platini appeals against 90-day bans

Security at Bundesliga matches is under debate in the aftermath of a threat that led government officials to call off a friendly between Germany and the Netherlands. This weekend's Bundesliga matches will take place as scheduled but officials acknowledged that the Hannover threat, which came only four days after the wave of attacks in Paris, could affect the league. No explosives were found at the stadium and no arrests were made, but government officials said there was a specific threat that left them no choice but to cancel the gam

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Wed, 18 Nov 2015 06:40:44 -0500
Soccer-Zheng in hunt for second AFC Player of the Year honours

BERLIN (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel defended the decision to cancel a soccer match between Germany and Netherlands on Tuesday evening due to security concerns, just four days after Islamist attacks in Paris killed at least 129 people. "I was just as sad as the millions of fans that the match was canceled. But the security officials took a responsible decision," Merkel said in a brief statement to reporters on Wednesday. "These are difficult decisions, perhaps the most difficult given the conflicting priorities of freedom and security. .

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Wed, 18 Nov 2015 06:08:53 -0500
Bundesliga ponders security after Hannover attack threat

German politicians urged the public not to be cowed by the threat of Islamist attacks and said a concrete indication of a security threat had led them to cancel Tuesday's soccer match between Germany and the Netherlands. With security worries running high in Europe after shootings and bombings in Paris last Friday which killed at least 129 people, Chancellor Angela Merkel gathered top ministers and intelligence chiefs for a special meeting on the situation. The state premier of Lower Saxony defended the decision to cancel the friendly soccer match, which Merkel had been due to attend in the state capital of Hanove

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Wed, 18 Nov 2015 05:28:45 -0500
German state minister sees no threat to Christmas markets

BERLIN (Reuters) - German officials had concrete indications of a security threat that led them to call off Tuesday night's soccer game between Germany and the Netherlands, the premier of the state of Lower Saxony said on Wednesday. "There was a concrete indication about concrete dangers based on confidential and secret information," said Stephan Weil, premier of Lower Saxony, which is home to Hanover, where the match was called off two hours before its scheduled start on Tuesday. (Reporting by Tina Bellon, Joseph Nasr; Writing by Paul Carrel; Editing by Madeline Chamber

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Wed, 18 Nov 2015 04:57:13 -0500
Germany soccer match was cancelled due to real threat -state premier

BERLIN (Reuters) - There is no evidence to suggest that Christmas markets in the German state of Lower Saxony are a target for Islamist militants, the state interior minister said on Wednesday. Lower Saxony Interior Minister Boris Pistorius, speaking after a soccer game between Germany and Netherlands was called off in his state on Tuesday night over fears of a planned bombing, told a news conference there was "still no concrete indication that Christmas markets are the target of attacks". (Reporting by Tina Bellon and Joseph Nasr; Writing by Paul Carrel; Editing by Madeline Chamber

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Wed, 18 Nov 2015 04:57:13 -0500
Germany soccer match was cancelled due to real threat -state premier

BERLIN (Reuters) - There is no evidence to suggest that Christmas markets in the German state of Lower Saxony are a target for Islamist militants, the state interior minister said on Wednesday. Lower Saxony Interior Minister Boris Pistorius, speaking after a soccer game between Germany and Netherlands was called off in his state on Tuesday night over fears of a planned bombing, told a news conference there was "still no concrete indication that Christmas markets are the target of attacks". (Reporting by Tina Bellon and Joseph Nasr; Writing by Paul Carrel; Editing by Madeline Chamber

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Tue, 17 Nov 2015 18:47:43 -0500
Mexico beats Honduras 2-0 in World Cup qualifier

France striker Anthony Martial left Wembley Stadium on crutches after the friendly against England, in a potential blow to Manchester United ahead of the resumption of the English Premier League. Martial's left ankle was bandaged as he hobbled past reporters in the mixed zone after France's 2-0 loss on Tuesday. The 19-year-old Martial is one of the few strikers in United's squad and has made an impressive start to his career at Old Trafford after his move from Monaco for an initial fee of 38 million pounds ($58 million) last summe

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Tue, 17 Nov 2015 18:36:09 -0500
France, England soccer teams unite in defiance, respect

Tim Howard got his first competitive start for the United States since last year's World Cup in Tuesday night's qualifier at Trinidad and Tobago, and right back Michael Orozco also was inserted into the American lineu

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Tue, 17 Nov 2015 18:09:49 -0500
Argentina tops Colombia 1-0 for first win in WCup qualifying

By Mike Collett LONDON (Reuters) - England beat France 2-0 in an emotional friendly at Wembley on Tuesday when more than 70,000 fans paid tribute to the victims of the Paris attacks with English fans roaring out a spine-tingling rendition of the visitors' national anthem. The players were led on to the field by Prince William and the team managers -- England's Roy Hodgson and France's Didier Deschamps -- who carried wreaths while fans waved the tricolour. France defender Laurent Koscielny, who plays for Arsenal, added: "It was important for everybody that we played, for those who were watching us and for the victim

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Tue, 17 Nov 2015 18:05:22 -0500
Soccer-England beat France on night of solidarity at Wembley

An Argentina without the injured Lionel Messi defeated Colombia 1-0 to get its faltering 2018 World Cup qualifying campaign back on track on Tuesday. Lucas Biglia scored the only goal in the first half, chipping in from short range. It was also only Argentina's second goal in four qualifier

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Tue, 17 Nov 2015 17:27:14 -0500
England beat France on night of solidarity at Wembley

Italy was held to 2-2 at home by Romania in a friendly on Tuesday as it was again let down by defensive lapses. Substitute Florin Andone leveled late for the visitors. Fellow substitute Manolo Gabbiadini looked to have handed Italy a morale-boosting win before Andone took advantage of a mistake from Italy goalkeeper Salvatore Sirigu to equalize two minutes from tim

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Tue, 17 Nov 2015 16:47:44 -0500
Soccer-Ibrahimovic double helps Sweden qualify for Euro 2016

LONDON (AP) -- Wayne Rooney scored a record-extending 51st England goal and Dele Alli netted his first in a 2-0 victory over France on an emotional occasion when the victims of the Paris attacks were remembered on Tuesda

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Tue, 17 Nov 2015 15:42:42 -0500
Two suspected explosive devices discovered in Hanover: n-tv reporter on CNN

By Costas Pitas and Mike Collett LONDON (Reuters) - English soccer fans saluted France on Tuesday by roaring out the 'Marseillaise' national anthem at a friendly match which became a show of solidarity joined by British politicians and royalty just days after Islamic State militants struck Paris. David Cameron, Prince William and London Mayor Boris Johnson were in the stands as tens of thousands of England supporters joined French fans in singing their anthem at Wembley Stadium which was guarded by armed polic

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Tue, 17 Nov 2015 15:42:42 -0500
Two suspected explosive devices discovered in Hanover: n-tv reporter on CNN

By Costas Pitas and Mike Collett LONDON (Reuters) - English soccer fans saluted France on Tuesday by roaring out the 'Marseillaise' national anthem at a friendly match which became a show of solidarity joined by British politicians and royalty just days after Islamic State militants struck Paris. David Cameron, Prince William and London Mayor Boris Johnson were in the stands as tens of thousands of England supporters joined French fans in singing their anthem at Wembley Stadium which was guarded by armed polic

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Tue, 17 Nov 2015 15:28:40 -0500
Soccer-Germany game against Netherlands called off over bomb fears

By Karolos Grohmann HANOVER, Germany (Reuters) - A soccer game between hosts Germany and Netherlands which German Chancellor Angel Merkel was due to attend in Hanover was called off two hours before its scheduled start on Tuesday over fears of a planned bombing. Hanover Police President Volker Kluwe said there were "specific indications" of a planned attack with explosives at the game. Apart from stadium, police also evacuated Hanover's TUI multi-purpose arena where a concert was about to star

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Tue, 17 Nov 2015 15:15:47 -0500
Germany-Netherlands match called off shortly before kickoff

Four days after getting caught up in synchronized attacks in Paris that killed at least 129 people, France's soccer team started its friendly game against England amid tightened security at Wembley Stadium on Tuesday. In a powerful message of solidarity and unity, England fans joined their French counterparts in singing France's national anthem, ''La Marseillaise,'' before the game. British Prime Minister David Cameron was also among the near-80,000 spectators at English football's national stadium, where there was an increased police presence and enhanced security measures, including compulsory bag searche

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Tue, 17 Nov 2015 13:54:44 -0500
France, England fans gather ahead of soccer match at Wembley

HANNOVER, Germany (AP) -- Police in Hannover say the friendly between Germany and the Netherlands has been cancele

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Tue, 17 Nov 2015 13:43:34 -0500
Soccer-Stirring second half comeback sees Croatia beat Russia

With a police helicopter whirring overhead and armed officers on patrol, England and France soccer fans mingled outside Wembley Stadium on Tuesday evening ahead of what should be an emotionally charged international friendly taking place four days after the deadly attacks in Paris. The atmosphere was calm on a wet and windy evening in London and there was no sense of panic among supporters, who appeared intent on sending a defiant message of unity after at least 129 people died in a string of coordinated attacks in the French capital on Friday. ''Tonight is more about solidarity than football,'' said 31-year-old England fan Robert Williams, who was wearing a beret and holding a France fla

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Tue, 17 Nov 2015 13:43:34 -0500
Soccer-Stirring second half comeback sees Croatia beat Russia

HANOVER, German (Reuters) - A friendly soccer game between hosts Germany and Netherlands in Hanover has been called off less than two hours before its start on Tuesday, German police said. The game was called off just four days after the attacks in Paris. German Chancellor Angela Merkel had been set to attend along with other government ministers in a show of solidarity with the French. (Reporting by Karolos Grohmann; Editing by Dominic Evan

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Tue, 17 Nov 2015 12:35:45 -0500
Soccer-Second half goals ease Nigeria past brave Swaziland

Police brielfy sealed off the stadium staging the friendly between Germany and the Netherlands after finding a suspicious suitcase. Police spokeswoman Stephanie Weiss said a suspicious object was found at the stadium. German Chancellor Angela Merkel and several cabinet ministers are expected to attend the match, which comes four days after the terrorist attacks in Pari

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Tue, 17 Nov 2015 08:02:00 -0500
Soccer-Moyes disappointed at Sociedad sacking

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) -- Tim Cahill scored a first-half hat trick to help Australia to a 4-0 win over Bangladesh in Dhaka on Tuesday in the second round of Asian qualifying for the 2018 World Cu

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Tue, 17 Nov 2015 07:57:18 -0500
Soccer-Belgium v Spain friendly called off over security fears

A soccer friendly between Belgium and Spain scheduled for Brussels on Tuesday has been postponed for security reasons after the Paris attacks, the Belgian soccer federation (URBSFA) said. "The URBSFA was contacted by the government this evening and advised not to organize the Belgium-Spain match tomorrow evening," it said in a statement late on Monday. The statement, in French, said the game between the European heavyweights had been canceled though a tweet from the URBSFA official English account said it had been only postpone

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Tue, 17 Nov 2015 05:38:26 -0500
Athletics-Russia needs to rid sport of state interference-Pound

Russian Athletics needs to prove it can operate without interference from state security services if it is to compete on an international stage again, the author of an explosive anti-doping report said on Tuesday. Russia was suspended from international athletics after a World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) report accused its state security services of colluding with the country's athletics federation to enable athletes to take performance-enhancing drugs with confidence test results would be suppressed. Dick Pound, author of the WADA report, told the BBC Russia's anti-doping laboratory and anti-doping agency needed to prove they could act freely of government pressure in order to bring an end to a state-sponsored drugs cultur

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Mon, 16 Nov 2015 20:06:25 -0500
Soccer-Belgium v Spain match called off for security reasons

A soccer friendly between Belgium and Spain scheduled for Brussels on Tuesday has been postponed for security reasons after the Paris attacks, the Belgian soccer federation said in a statement. "The URBSFA (federation) was contacted by the government this evening and advised not to organise the Belgium-Spain match tomorrow evening," it said in a statement late on Monday. The statement, in French, said the game had been cancelled though a tweet from the URBSFA official English account said it had been only postpone

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Mon, 16 Nov 2015 19:39:32 -0500
Soccer-Belgium postpones friendly against Spain for security reasons

Belgium called off Tuesday's soccer match against Spain less than 24 hours before kickoff after the government raised the security threat level amid an investigation related to the Paris attacks. ''After consulting with the relevant bodies and the Spanish national team, the (Belgian FA) decided to cancel the match,'' the federation said in a statement. ''Right at the end of the evening, the (federation) was contacted by the government which recommended that the Belgium-Spain match should not go ahead tomorrow nigh

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Mon, 16 Nov 2015 16:50:17 -0500
Soccer-Valencia - Negredo has surgery for acute appendicitis

DUBLIN (AP) -- Ireland qualified for next year's European Championship on Monday as Jonathan Walters returned from suspension to score both goals in a 2-0 victory over Bosnia-Herzegovina and secure a 3-1 aggregate win in their playof

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Mon, 16 Nov 2015 13:57:25 -0500
Soccer-Spain unworried about Brussels security, Del Bosque says

Shaken by the coordinated attacks that ripped through Paris and killed 129 people on Friday, France captain Hugo Lloris and his teammates had doubts and concerns about having to play a soccer match four days later. The decision was taken out of their hands - France's players were told without consultation that the friendly against England at Wembley Stadium on Tuesday would go ahead - and now Lloris is grateful for the chance to honor the victims of the bombings. ''We have decided to play tomorrow and do our jobs on the field, for the country and the victims,'' a somber Lloris said Monday, in the first public comments from France's squad since the attack

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Mon, 16 Nov 2015 12:49:29 -0500
Soccer-France keen to show pride against England at Wembley

France will be keen to represent their colors with more pride than ever when they take the field in a friendly against England at Wembley four days after the deadly attacks in Paris, coach Dider Deschamps said on Monday. The decision to play the highly emotional game was taken on Saturday morning by French federation president Noel Le Graet and Deschamps. "We are here now to take the field to represent our country probably with even more pride than we normally would and to make sure that our colors, blue, white, and red, will be represented with more pride," Deschamps told a news conference at Wembley on the eve of the gam

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Mon, 16 Nov 2015 12:03:18 -0500
Soccer-2016 European Championship to go ahead in France - UEFA

UEFA has confirmed that the 2016 European Championship soccer tournament will take place in France as planned despite the deadly attacks that struck Paris on Friday. "The EURO final draw will go ahead as scheduled on 12 December at the Palais des Congres in Paris and the final tournament will be played in France from 10 June to 10 July 2016," UEFA said in a statement on Monday. Coordinated attacks, for which Islamic State has claimed responsibility, took place in Paris bars, restaurants, a concert hall and outside a soccer stadium on Friday killing at least 129 people and wounding 352 -- the worst atrocity in France since World War II. "Following the dramatic events that occurred last Friday in Paris, UEFA and EURO 2016 SAS wish to reaffirm their commitment in placing safety and security at the center of their organizational plans," the statement rea

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Mon, 16 Nov 2015 09:56:50 -0500
Germans thank French team for support after Paris attacks

The French soccer federation wanted Tuesday's friendly international against England to go ahead at Wembley Stadium mainly for symbolic reasons, FA chief executive Martin Glenn told a news conference on Monday. France were playing world champions Germany in Paris on Friday as a wave of attacks hit the city, killing at least 132 people. The France squad spent Friday night inside the Stade de France with the Germany squad after the conclusion of the matc

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Mon, 16 Nov 2015 09:51:26 -0500
Soccer-France want to play England game for symbolic reasons - FA

Germany coach Joachim Loew thanked the France team for staying all night at the Paris stadium where the two countries were playing a friendly match that was caught up in a wave of attacks that killed 129 people. The Germans decided to stay at the Stade de France after it came under attack by suicide bombers and the French stayed with them until the German team left to fly home Saturday morning. ''I think it was a great gesture by the French team and by (coach) Didier Deschamps,'' Loew said Monday, the day before another friendly, against the Netherlands in Hannove

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Mon, 16 Nov 2015 09:36:51 -0500
Platini observes minute of silence at UEFA headquarters

Shaken by its frightening experience in Paris, Germany meets the Netherlands in a subdued mood and amid heightened security, with the emphasis more on the message against terror than on football. The Stade de France came under attack by suicide bombers during the friendly between France and Germany as a wave of attacks across Paris killed more than 120 on Friday. Germany coach Joachim Loew sent his players home and the team did not reassemble again until one day before Tuesday's match in Hannove

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Mon, 16 Nov 2015 08:09:39 -0500
Germany vs. Netherlands friendly to symbolize unity: Loew

The 2016 European Championship soccer tournament will take place in France despite Friday's deadly attacks in Paris, which could have happened anywhere, Germany coach Joachim Loew said on Monday. The German, whose team were playing France in a friendly international in Paris when at least 132 people were killed in attacks across the French capital, said he expected the tournament to go ahead as planned. "I am certain that the Euro will take place in France," Loew, whose team have qualified for the June 10-July 10 finals, told reporter

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Mon, 16 Nov 2015 07:19:26 -0500
FIFA bans leaders of Nepal, Laos federations in bribes case

The Wembley Arch will be illuminated in the red, white and blue of the French flag. The words of ''La Marseillaise,'' France's national anthem, will be shown on giant screens so that England fans can sing along with their French counterparts. A match between the England and France soccer teams on Tuesday - a game that what supposed to serve as a valuable warm-up ahead of next year's European Championship - has been transformed into a poignant act of defiance, solidarity and sporting unit

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Mon, 16 Nov 2015 06:39:53 -0500
Soccer-Aguero encouraged by early signs of De Bruyne partnership

World soccer body FIFA announced on Monday it had banned two officials from Nepal and Laos for taking cash during FIFA elections, extending moves to root out corruption that has shaken the international game. Ganesh Thapa, president of the All-Nepal Football Association (ANFA), was banned for 10 years and fined 20,000 Swiss francs ($19,870), while Viphet Sihachakr, president of the Laotian Football Federation, received a two-year ban and 40,000 franc fine. FIFA was thrown into turmoil in May by U.S. indictments of 14 football officials, including two FIFA vice-presidents and sports marketing executives, for alleged corruptio

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Sun, 15 Nov 2015 17:44:17 -0500
Soccer-Euro 2016 joy for Hungary as they end 30-year wait

By Lenin Danieri MARACAIBO, Venezuela (Reuters) - Argentine soccer great Diego Maradona underwent a gastric bypass in the western Venezuelan city of Maracaibo over the weekend and is recovering well, doctors said on Sunday. The 55-year-old former World Cup winner went through a similar operation around a decade ago and has battled ill health since his soccer heyday in the 1980s. "He is walking and in good spirits," said Carlos Felipe Chaux, one of the surgeons who treated him, told reporters at a Maracaibo hote

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Sun, 15 Nov 2015 16:46:59 -0500
Soccer-Hungary qualify for Euro 2016

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) -- Hungary secured a spot at next year's European Championship by beating Norway 2-1 Sunday, ending a 30-year absence from major tournament

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